Christmas Can be Depressing Time of Year for Some

By Bob Hardison

Q: With all the presents, parties, family dinners and good tidings of the birth of our Savior, why am I down emotionally? What can I do to get over the winter blues?

A: Many Americans, especially women, get what doctors call Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Those suffering from SAD crave sweets that make folks lethargic. They sleep more and wake up feeling tired. They are easily fatigued and moody.

Here are some things you can do to get through the winter blahs:

Get out in the light more. Increased exposure to light helps overcome depression.

Get up and do something. You will avoid negative thoughts by doing things.

Think of others and reach out to them. Visit, call, and text others. Make a specific date to be with others. You need others and they need you.

sweets you devour. Since you are less active in the winter eat smaller amounts of starchy foods.

Keep your focus on the “the reason for the season” and enjoy Christmas music. Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ coming into the world. Music is soothing and will lift your spirits.

Call a friend, pastor, or a doctor for help. Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Your depression may be caused by some other physical or clinical disorder.

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